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June 21, 2012
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Animal Health SmartBrief Special Report:
Canine Gastrointestinal Issues, Part II
Part II of this Animal Health SmartBrief Special Report on Canine Gastrointestinal Issues looks at chronic conditions with gastrointestinal effects, such as food allergies.

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  Understanding Food Allergies 
  • Distinguishing the cause of allergic symptoms in dogs
    Dogs exhibit allergy symptoms such as itchy, dry skin and gastrointestinal signs including chronic vomiting and diarrhea, and it can be difficult to distinguish the cause among the three most common allergies in pets: flea allergy dermatitis, environmental allergy and food allergy, writes veterinarian Chase Constant. Gastrointestinal symptoms usually accompany food allergies, which also occur year-round, Dr. Constant points out. He adds that a food trial directed by a veterinarian is the best way to diagnose a food allergy. The Record (Hackensack, N.J.) (5/26) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Correcting false information about pet food allergies
    The pet food industry offers myriad diets that claim to be hypoallergenic because they do not contain gluten or grain, but veterinarians Charlie Meynier and Jim Stortz write that it's actually the protein component of most foods, such as chicken, beef and lamb, that triggers an allergic response in pets. Food allergies generally present gastrointestinal symptoms and skin problems in the groin, feet, ears, face and neck. A prescription pet food tested under the supervision and direction of a veterinarian is the best way to diagnose and manage potential pet food allergies. Vail Daily (Colo.) (5/16) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Commercial restricted diets may have hidden allergens: Commercial diets advertised for dogs with allergies may not live up to their labels, according to a study that evaluated the content of four over-the-counter venison foods and found each contained common food allergens including soy and beef, despite claims to the contrary, writes veterinarian Lee Pickett. Dr. Pickett recommends consulting with a veterinarian to ensure dogs' nutritional needs and allergy concerns are addressed. Reading Eagle Press (Pa.) (4/13) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Treating Chronic Conditions 
  • Exploratory surgery reveals evidence of lymphangiectasia
    In response to an owner's question about treating chronic diarrhea in her Yorkshire terrier, veterinarian Dara Johns writes that since treatment has been unsuccessful, surgery may be necessary. Dr. Johns relays the story of an exploratory surgery she conducted, only to find evidence of lymphangiectasia, or pathologic buildup of lymph in the small intestine, as well as information on a new food aimed at treating dogs with this condition. Northwest Florida Daily News (Fort Walton Beach) (6/10) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Treatments resolve symptoms of IBD
    Inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), or lymphoplasmacytic, eosinophilic gastroenteritis, is characterized by chronic vomiting, diarrhea, and weight loss despite polyphagia. A retrospective study of dogs with IBD found that tylosin therapy in conjunction with a novel protein prescription pet food are the first-line treatments and often resolve the gastrointestinal symptoms and cause weight gain. Immunosuppressive therapy should not be used as an initial treatment but can be employed if tylosin or dietary therapy are not working. Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association (subscription required) (05/01/2011) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story

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